Part 3

Other Questions

39. Following are a series of statements that freshmen at colleges and universities throughout the US are being asked to respond to. We would appreciate knowing your response to each item.

 Agree stronglyAgree somewhatDisagree somewhatDisagree strongly
There is too much concern in the courts for the rights of criminals 131  (5.9%)   868  (39.1%)  929  (41.9%)  290  (13.1%) 
Abortion should be legal 1093  (48.9%)  667  (29.8%)  242  (10.8%)  235  (10.5%) 
The death penalty should be abolished 471  (21.1%)  659  (29.5%)  784  (35.1%)  321  (14.4%) 
Marijuana should be legalized 289  (12.9%)  699  (31.3%)  717  (32.1%)  529  (23.7%) 
It is important to have laws prohibiting homosexual relationships 126  (5.6%)   204  (9.1%)  420  (18.8%)  1487  (66.5%) 
Racial discrimination is no longer a major problem in America 53  (2.4%)   219  (9.8%)  885  (39.6%)  1079  (48.3%) 
Realistically, an individual can do little to bring about changes in our society 84  (3.8%)   455  (20.4%)  978  (43.8%)  718  (32.1%) 
Wealthy people should pay a larger share of taxes than they do now 732  (32.8%)  881  (39.5%)  419  (18.8%)  199  (8.9%)  
Colleges should prohibit racist/sexist speech on campus 347  (15.6%)  660  (29.6%)  781  (35.1%)  440  (19.7%) 
Same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status 1128  (50.7%)  579  (26.0%)  267  (12.0%)  251  (11.3%) 
Affirmative action should be abolished in all college admissions 546  (24.8%)  716  (32.5%)  701  (31.8%)  240  (10.9%) 
The activities of married women are best confined to the home and family 97  (4.3%)   217  (9.7%)  369  (16.5%)  1550  (69.4%) 
Colleges have the right to ban extreme speakers 133  (6.0%)   531  (23.8%)  853  (38.3%)  711  (31.9%) 
If two people really like each other, it's all right for them to have sex even if they've know each other for only a very short time 435  (19.6%)  746  (33.5%)  573  (25.8%)  471  (21.2%) 
The federal government should do more to control the sale of handguns 1114  (50.0%)  854  (38.3%)  182  (8.2%)   79  (3.5%)  
Going to war in Iraq has made America a safer place 73  (3.3%)   236  (10.6%)  622  (27.9%)  1297  (58.2%) 
The federal government's war on terrorism has unnecessarily compromised our civil liberties in this country 835  (37.6%)  805  (36.3%)  422  (19.0%)  156  (7.0%)  

40. The Office of Student Research surveys undergraduates once or twice a year to better understand the college experience - to gauge how students progress throughout their college career and how well their needs are being met. These surveys can help you monitor and reflect on your own development and progress as well. Would you be interested in participating in our surveys and receiving your own customized results on an annual basis?

377  (16.7%)   Yes, definitely
705  (31.1%)   Yes, probably
568  (25.1%)   Not sure
401  (17.7%)   Probably not
213  (9.4%)   Definitely not

41. Finally, is there anything that you would like to tell us about your experience as a freshman at Berkeley so far?

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42. Please click on the "Submit" button once you have finished answering the questions. This establishes your eligibility for the prizes.

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